Remembering Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley - October 20, 2010
Two sad passings this week in the world of TV. Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley passed away. Billingsley played the role of June Cleaver on Leave It To Beaver. The role became an iconic one and one that she was great in playing. She was that ultimate TV mom that everyone loved. She would be that tough mom when she had to be to keep the kids in line but also keeping Ward in line as well. The show has lived on all these years later and it is a show that I still love. I find myself still watching it from time to time if I see it on. It has always been such an enjoyable and family fun show. Billingsley was 94. Bosley is most known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on Happy Days. Like Leave It To Beaver, Happy Days was another iconic show that saw these characters become pop culture legend. When you think TV dads, he is always going to show up on the list of all time favorites. The show launched such characters as the Fonz and of course the Cunninghams. Bosley was so great on that show and just that great dad that people admired as they watched the show over many generations of TV. Bosley was 83 and passed away from heart failure as he had also been battling lung cancer. When I learned of the news of Bosley, it was this feeling of how wild that it was that two of the biggest TV parents of all time passed away within days of each other. Both left a huge stamp on the world of TV and are not going to be forgotten.